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Veterans' Health Week (VHW) 2013

Veterans’ Health Week will be held on 14–20 October 2013 and provides an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families to participate, connect and influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends.

DVA will be partnering with ex-service organisations (ESOs) and community groups to develop a program of fun and interactive VHW activities at a local level.

This year’s theme is "Physical Activity - Fitness, Strength, Flexibility, and Balance". Physical activity participation is good for health.  There is an appropriate type and amount of physical activity for each and every person. VHW 2013 participants will receive the tools and information necessary to help them better understand their body and its limits.

A range of activities will focus on the key messages of the Week.

  • Find the Strength - the mental strength to be able to participate in activities to help prevent illness and injury.
  • Develop the Flexibility - taking a flexible approach to how you structure your day to enable you to be active throughout the course of a normal day.
  • Maintain the Balance - finding the right balance of exercise, nutrition, and rest.
  • Enjoy the Fitness - the condition in which a person's body is physically healthy through exercise and good nutrition.